Sequoia Haters Be Damned
This Is the TRD-Tuned Sequoia Toyota Should Have Built a Decade Ago
Earlier this year, Toyota announced plans to finally give the Sequoia the TRD Pro treatment. Although the new Sequoia TRD and TRD Pro are welcome additions to Toyota’s off-road performance line, they’re long overdue — a fact that becomes even more apparent when you take a look at this heavily-modified 2008 example over on Bring a Trailer.
The list of modifications is so extensive, it’s difficult to tell this is even a Sequoia. The 2014 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro front end that’s been slapped changes the look dramatically; other obvious modifications include steel bumpers, a 30-in bumper bar and welded Trail Gear rock sliders along the sides. Along with the upgraded bi-xenon Spyder LED headlights, there’s a 40-inch Rigid Industries LED roof-mounted light bar, SAE fog lights and ditch lights.
This Sequoia is also wearing 35-inch Falken mud-terrain tires, which hide cross-drilled brake rotors clad with ceramic pads at all four corners. Helping those massive tires to fit under the aftermarket fenders is a four-inch suspension lift courtesy of Dobinsons rear lift coils, and custom-mounted Bilstein front dampers and rear shocks. Under the hood lives the stock 5.7-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission, sending power through the four-wheel drive system. Up top, there’s an iKamper Skycamp rooftop tent paired with a Rhino-Rack awning — the cherry on top of this sweet overlanding cake.
Obviously, it’s unfair to expect Toyota to make the same drastic number of modifications to a Sequoia from the factory. But, if the Japanese manufacturer put half as much energy behind this SUV 10 years ago as the seller did into this example, it might not be living in the shadow of the Land Cruiser and 4Runner. After all, with all those upgrades, this Sequoia can follow the more-established Toyota off-roaders up any trail or mountain pass and still leave its occupants in the lap of relative luxury.
All while saving tens of thousands of dollars over a new Sequoia TRD Pro, too. As of this writing, the current bid sits at $26,000. Hell, the modifications alone probably cost that much in the first place.